Monday, October 8, 2012

Avoiding Power Struggles

One of the main components of “Time To Teach” is that of Self-Control.  There is strong emphasis on remaining calm, responding right and avoiding power struggles.  We should not allow ourselves, as teachers and school personnel, to continually be frustrated, react negatively and be drawn into conflict.  Instead, it is important to practice strategies that allow learning to continue, even when students act in challenging and disruptive ways. 
Some vital behaviors you can use tomorrow are:
* Use wait time of at least 10 seconds by being still and allowing the student to self-correct. 
* Respect personal space of 1 1/2 to 3 feet by backing away
* Rick Dahlgren of Time to Teach says, "Be Horatio Caine, not Dog the Bounty Hunter"
In only a 1-Day staff development training, you can learn so many more practical strategies like:
Using "Push-Asides" Vs. "Walk-Aways" and using "Diffusers"
Want more information...don't hesitate to let us know.
Jim Campain, LCSW

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